By Rob Goldman - AngelsWin.com Historical Writer
Rex Hudler wasn’t his usual gregarious self in the gym the day after he became father to a new baby boy in November of 1995. His teammates were concerned. No cigars, no smiles, no bragging, no nothing. Chuck Finley, JT Snow and Jim Abbott, were all prepared to shower him with congratulations, but his quiet behavior had stopped them all in their tacks.
It had taken Hudler a long time to gather the courage to come back to the gym and face his teammates. How do tell your friends your newborn son has just been diagnosed with Downs syndrome? It wasn’t supposed to be this way Hudler told himself that a million times. His son Cade was the son of a professional athlete, after all. Wasn’t he naturally supposed to be strong and vital? For the always upbeat and positive Hudler, it was a blow that sent him hurtling towards depression.
When he finally told his teammates tithe news he became so overwhelmed that he collapsed on the ...